New research launched today finds that the vast majority of Irish organisations (69%) do not provide specific innovation training for its employees, while 8% said they did not know if their organisation provides innovation training.
The study conducted by Trainers’ Learning Skillnet and the Irish Institute of Training & Development, also highlights significant gaps in the current provision of innovation training. The research was undertaken by Laurence Knell of Strategic Innovation Partners.
Innovation is defined as implementing new ideas. Training for innovation is therefore the combination of two general skills. Firstly, creativity which is necessary to generate ideas and secondly, implementation skills which are required to turn the ideas into innovations.
This report recommends that to support genuine innovation, any related training must involve both “soft” skills linked to creativity and “hard” skills linked to concept development, project management and implementation. The study shows that organisations seeking to develop or implement innovation training must allow for training in both elements, in order to maximise the innovation outcomes.
Skillnet Ireland Executive Director, Tracey Donnery said organisations must invest in innovation skills and capacity to be successful:
Ms Donnery said:“Whether considered on an individual or organisational level, the need to innovate and to be innovative is regarded as essential for an organisation’s long-term success. The research shows that there are significant gaps in the current provision of innovation training. For example, innovation is often seen as a technical skill only, rather than part of the leadership, culture and teamwork within an organisation.If we want Irish businesses to compete in a global marketplace, we need to ensure that organisations increase the capacity of its people to innovate effectively.”